Business Incubators

Rutgers Food Innovation Centers

The award-winning Rutgers Food Innovation Centers located in Bridgeton and Piscataway provide unique food production facilities and assistance. Programs in business development, applied research, sensory analysis, market research, product and process development, training programs, advanced analytical services, food and beverage packaging, regulation and compliance support, and quality assurance and food safety systems are available.

The Food Innovation Centers manufacturing facilities are operated under USDA inspection and the Piscataway center is an FDA licensed canning facility. The Centers also offer short courses and workshops targeted toward food professionals.   In 2013, the National Business Incubation Association designated the Food Innovation Center - South as an NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator in recognition of the incubator's capability to help nondomestic companies enter the incubator's domestic market.  Read about how Rutgers FIC is helping international clients in the article Ever think about where your Spanish rice comes from? A good bet it's from Jersey.

For more information on the Rutgers Food Innovation Centers:
Food Innovation Center – South 
Food Innovation Center – North

Rutgers EcoComplex

The EcoComplex is a “Clean Energy Innovation Center”  that offers a comprehensive business development program and unique facilities for companies in the clean energy, energy efficiency, environmental and controlled environment agriculture sectors. A broad range of services are available that include: concept evaluation, business planning, market assessment, tech verification, engineering and analytical services, training and research support, as well as access to the vast resources at Rutgers University.

Located in Burlington County, the 29,000 sq. foot main EcoComplex facility includes laboratory, office, conference/meeting, and tech scale-up space. The 46,000sq. foot state-of-the-art greenhouse provides a unique setting for start-up agricultural businesses and technology demonstrations.  The EcoComplex received the NBIA International Soft Landings Incubator designation ; selected because of its slate of business services for nondomestic firms and its demonstrated success at helping these firms enter the U.S. market.  The EcoComplex recently launched the EcoIgnite accelerator for clean technologies; Ecoignite and the EcoComplex Director, Serpil Guran, were featured in an article in American Entrepreneurship.

New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center

The New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center (NJAIC) provides unique training opportunities and serves as a business incubator for the aquaculture and fisheries industries. It assists in aquatic restoration efforts and is a critical component in the revitalization of the oyster industry in Delaware Bay and other east coast bays.  Expanded production of Rutgers developed and patented disease-resistant oysters is supported  by the NJAIC, thus restoring jobs and recapturing markets once served by this south Jersey industry.

The Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT)

The Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (CCIT), managed by the NJ Economic Development Authority is dedicated to life sciences and biotechnology companies. This incubaor is located on Route One in North Brunswick in the heart of the state's "Research Corridor" on the campus of the Technology Centre of New Jersey. The 46,000-square-foot CCIT facility offers the most wet labs in the state for incubation.  Affordable and customizable office space and "plug-in ready" wet and dry laboratory space is available to qualified tenants.